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Moving House – 8 Things

13th April 2017

When arranging a move abroad it can be a very hectic time, with packing, to finalising visas and everything in between. There can be a lot of important things you need to remember.

Here is our helpful guide on just a few things you may forget to do on the way.

GET YOU MAIL REDIRECTED
Arrange for you post to be re-directed temporarily whilst you update your address.
Most mail services allow you to do this for 6-12 months, however this does often incur a charge.

Though this could be better than possibly missing some important documentation, such as bank cards, pins etc.…

CONTACT YOUR BANK
Make sure that you tell your bank, building societies, insurance companies or any other financial companies of your upcoming relocation with as much notice in advance. This will allow time for them to update your details on their records or for the accounts to be cancelled or transferred.

SORT OUT YOUR ACCOMMODATION
Temporary accommodation may be required between the period of time that you arrive in the country and the date your shipment arrives. If this is the case make sure that any hotels / temporary accommodation is finalised before your move out date.

FINALISE YOUR UTILITIES
Arrange for your utilities to be disconnected and obtain a copy of your final bills. This will include everything from gas, water, electricity to TV cable / Licensing.

HAVE A “SPRING CLEAN”
It may not be spring when you’re moving, but there is no better time to declutter, sort through your personal belongings and either dispose, recycle or donate any belongings you don’t need in your new residence.

FINISH THE FOOD WITHIN THE FREEZER
If you are moving overseas it is very unlikely that you will be allowed to ship / import any food into the destination country due to customs regulations.
To avoid wasting food and your money, make sure to use all frozen food in the weeks leading up to your pack up date. Anything leftover? Ask a friend or neighbour if they would like any of the items before you dispose of it.

POWER DOWN WHITE GOODS
Ensure you disconnect your washing machine, defrost your freezer, unplug the tumble dryer and drain any power equipment of petrol and oil prior to pack up.

FIND AND BOOK YOUR REMOVAL COMPANY
Do your research… Whether it’s EuroGroup you choose or another company. You are going to want to put the time and effort into re-searching the company beforehand.

Arrange a home survey. Having a surveyor come to your house for a home survey will give the company the best idea of how much you will be shipping. They will then be able to provide you with the best quotation based on the volume being shipped and the specific service required.
Make sure when you book your move you arrange any packing, moving and storage which will be needed with the removal company either at origin or destination.